The corporate world is rife with platitudes, posters and webinars about the qualities of good leaders. The education world is no different. No matter the pretty picture behind the words, the essence is the same: like good teachers, good leaders don’t tell you what to do – they show you how it’s done.
As in every successful organization, at Value Schools, leadership starts at the top. Our Board Chair Grant L. Cambridge is a shining example of that – under his leadership our board members have become ever more deeply invested in the success of our students. Inspired by Grant, each of them devotes considerable time, talent and treasure to helping us thrive and grow.
Grant’s impact on the lives of students in Los Angeles has not gone unnoticed. Last month, the Learning Rights Law Center honored him as its 2020 Champion of Education at its annual gala. I was proud to introduce him with deep gratitude for his commitment to Value Schools, our educators, and our students. I encourage you to watch the short video memorializing just a sample of that commitment.
Despite the challenges of the current pandemic and the economic fallout hitting our families hard, we are anxiously preparing to break ground on the new school site for Everest Value School. The capital campaign for this project, which will double the reach of our educators in a deserving community, is a tremendous stretch in these difficult times. But it is imperative: Our students are weary from the isolation of at-home learning and from their parents’ health and economic fears. Yet they show up, they participate, and they work hard every day to grow into the leaders of tomorrow. We can do no less for them.
Donations to our year-end campaign will not only double our reach, it will double your donation, with a dollar-for-dollar match made possible by members of our dedicated Board of Directors.
We are inspired every day by board members, administrators, teachers, and most of all our students and their families. We ask you to follow Grant’s lead with a year-end gift to help them grow and learn on a campus worthy of their promise.